Salim Babu, an experienced coach in top-flight football, expresses joy as he takes on the responsibility of guiding Kenya’s Under-18 national team for the upcoming Cecafa boys’ U-18 Championships in Kisumu. With the tournament set from November 25 to December 9, Babu, currently serving as Kenya Police FC’s assistant coach, acknowledges the tight timeline to form a strong team but is optimistic and ready for the challenge.
Grateful for the opportunity, he praises the Football Kenya Federation for selecting him.
Assisting Babu in this endeavor are Bidco United head coach Anthony Akhulia and veteran high school football coach Peter Mayoyo.
The technical team includes key members like Samuel Koko as the goalkeeper trainer, Ronny Oyando as the team manager, and others fulfilling crucial roles.Furthermore, FKF announces coaches for the boys and girls under-15 teams participating in the Caf Pan African Schools championships scheduled for December 10 to December 15 in Nairobi. Leonard Odipo, an FKF instructor, leads the boys’ under-15 team alongside Benard Kawinzi and Hesbon Nyabinge as assistant coaches. The girls’ under-15 team will be headed by former Harambee Starlets head coach Jackline Akoth, supported by Mathare United women’s head coach Ann Aluoch and Leah Kigameas.
Appointed teachers in various roles align with FKF’s vision of empowering educators with coaching education and experiences. The deliberate inclusion of teachers in coaching programs over the past year aims to provide proper guidance to youth players during their formative years. FKF CEO Barry Otieno emphasizes the commitment to the wholesome development of youth and women’s football, believing these appointments will contribute to the long-term goal of ensuring players are coached by qualified personnel.